Reading Series Census: Live Literature at Montclair State

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Thursday, October 20th, 2016 | 3,578 views

Live Literature at Montclair State

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name
The official name is Live Literature at Montclair State University, but most people just call it Live Lit. The significance of the name is that college students who have been used to only thinking of literature as text, as something on the page, have an opportunity to think of it as multidimensional and interact with writers directly.

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Tobias Carroll launches Reel with Jason Diamond

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 | 3,606 views

Jason Diamond and Tobias Carroll discuss REEL, Carroll's debut novel, and TRANSITORY, his collection of short stories

Tobias Carroll has been very busy. In August, he released a short story collection, Transitory. Last week he launched his debut novel, Reel. Carroll was at Community Bookstore in Park Slope to discuss the novel with Jason Diamond. The two are close friends and together they built literary web magazine Vol 1 Brooklyn into a powerhouse of culture.

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Reading Series Census: See No Evil Reading Series

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Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 | 3,511 views

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
​The series is called “See No Evil”. The See No Evil Reading Series focuses on strange and haunting fiction in the spirit of Halloween, read aloud by professional actors and storytellers.

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D. Foy Launches Patricide

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Monday, October 17th, 2016 | 4,786 views

D. Foy reads from his second novel, PATRICIDE, at BookCourt in Brooklyn

D. Foy launched his latest novel, Patricide at BookCourt and Vol 1 Brooklyn sponsored a discussion with authors Mira Jacob, Will Chancellor, and Elizabeth Crane. Tobias Carroll moderated the group.

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Helen Garner reads Everywhere I Look with Ben Lerner

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Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 | 3,912 views

Helen Garner and Ben Lerner discuss Garner's essay collection EVERYWHERE I LOOK at McNally Jackson Books

Helen Garner read from her latest book of essays, Everywhere I Look, a collection that spans ten years of writing and various subjects. She spoke about writing essays and writing her previous books with Ben Lerner, author of The Hatred of Poetry.

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Lev Grossman discusses Warp with Dana Schwartz

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 | 4,029 views

Dana Schwartz discusses Lev Grossman's novel WARP, the first novel THE MAGICIANS author published, newly re-released.

Lev Grossman spent the last decade crafting a universe filled with multiple worlds and the magic of wizards. But before he wrote The Magicians, he published a short novel titled Warp, about a depressed man obsessed with a love of science fiction and video games. With the success of The Magicians series, St. Martin’s Press re-released the debut novel with a new introduction. He was at Greenlight Bookstore to discuss the book with Dana Schwartz, a New York Observer Arts and Entertainment writer. Her debut novel And We’re Off is due out in the spring, followed by a memoir next fall.

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Reading Series Census: Vica Miller Literary Salons

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Monday, September 26th, 2016 | 3,563 views

Vica Miller Literary Salons

The New York City Reading Series Census is an ongoing project to catalogue the contemporary literary scene. Any reading series curator in the New York area can take the survey here.

What is the name of the series, and what is the significance or meaning of the series name?
Vica Miller Literary Salons.

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On Football and the Pledge of Allegiance

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Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 | 2,382 views

My news feed is plastered with the face of Colin Kaepernick, a player for the 49’ers who quietly decided to sit during the national anthem. Outrage about his refusal to stand is broadcast across platforms: on television, in periodicals, in the comments sections of social media posts.

When wading through the vast swamp of news items and opinions delivered to my screen, it is usually my instinct to avoid any football related content. But my eye glimpsed a post from a friend of mine who shared Kaepernick’s statement about the incident:

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses

black people and people of color… To me, this is bigger than football and it

would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street

and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

And in the few seconds it took to read those words, Colin Kapernick won my attention.

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Since 1977, North Bergen High School’s football team has won six state championships in New Jersey. The number would have been seven, but after winning the 2011 championship they had their title stripped when it was discovered that they had been using unethical recruiting methods (the team’s two star players were tenants of coach Vincent Ascolese, who coerced them to transfer to NBHS to play for him).

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